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The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) has decided to open an office in Canada in Ottawa in 2019. In doing so, the Foundation takes account of the fact that the importance of the close partnership between Canada and Germany as well as Canada and the European Union has been growing for years.

Germany and Canada represent equal values and interests at the international level in the areas of human rights, democracy, the rule of law, conflict resolution, security, the environment and climate change. Germany and Canada are intensively committed to maintaining and expanding an international system based on rules.

Both countries are members of the G7, the G20 and NATO, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). In addition, the EU and Germany (as permanent observers) also cooperate with Canada within the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Arctic Council. In 2017, the EU and Canada concluded a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

In order to do justice to Canada's growing relevance, especially in the defence of multilateral international approaches based on binding rules, the project structure of the KAS in North America will be strengthened by opening an independent foreign office in Canada. In this way, the Foundation aims, among other things, to ensure that

  • to address German and EU decision-makers in the context of KAS measures in selected thematic areas challenges of a global nature so that they are able to understand the analyses and approaches of both sides and to take this into account in their further actions;
  • building trust and credibility on both sides, on the basis of which common values can be built;
  • using multilateral instruments to provide responses to challenges in key policy areas.